The University of Eldoret is a prestigious public institution located in the vibrant town of Eldoret in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. As one of the 22 public universities in the country, it has a rich history that dates back to 1946 when it was established as a Large Scale Farmers Training Centre by white settlers. At the time, the primary focus of the institution was to provide training to farmers to increase their productivity.
In 1984, the institution was converted into a teachers’ training college and renamed Moi Teachers’ Training College. It began offering diploma science teacher training courses. However, in 1990, the institution faced a double intake crisis, which led to it being taken over by Moi University and renamed Chepkoilel Campus. From this point onwards, the institution began offering Natural, Basic, and Applied Science programs.
The institution’s fortunes took a positive turn in August 2010 when President Mwai Kibaki, through Legal Notice No. 125 of 13 August 2010, upgraded the campus to a University College. The institution was renamed Chepkoilel University College and became a Constituent College of Moi University. This was a significant milestone for the institution as it opened up new opportunities for growth and development.
Finally, in March 2013, the institution received a charter from the President of Kenya, which culminated in its renaming to the University of Eldoret. This was a significant achievement for the institution, as it gained full university status, thus enabling it to offer a wider range of academic programs and attract more students from Kenya and beyond.
Today, the University of Eldoret is a leading center of academic excellence in the region, offering high-quality academic programs across various faculties. Its campus, which is situated approximately 9 km along the Eldoret-Ziwa road, is home to state-of-the-art facilities that enhance the learning experience of its students. The institution’s commitment to excellence has seen it attract some of the best minds in the country, who are not only making significant contributions to the academic world but also to the broader society.